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is that? given all of the publicity around the more tenuous relationship between benjamin netanyahu, the prime minister, and this president. it seems to me that they each were echoing, you know, tremendous friendship and warmth between them. >> well, i think you have to look at a visit like this as having two parts. one part focuses on what are the very hard, practical issues and realities that have to be confronted? and having in a sense more understanding about how you're going to proceed to deal with those issues. whether it's iran, whether it's syria, which is going to be, i think, a more immediate challenge than people had thought. whether it's the arab awakening, whether it's the palestinians. on one level, there is this very hard headed practical approach where you try to come to understandings. at another level, there's the whole question of what's the emotional connection? what is the kind of psychological bond or links that exist. because when you make decisions, obviously they take place in a context. i think what you're seeing right now, both in what the two men said but
with talks with benjamin netanyahu just before noon eastern time. >>> white house officials are investigating reports that the assad regime used chemical weapons. the president long ago warned syria that's a red line that should not be crossed. chief of staff told cnn yesterday that if those weapons have been deployed, game changer and the u.s. will act accordingly. >>> south korea investigating a suspected cyber attack that left computer networks at several banks and media outlets paralyzed this morning. three major broadcasters and two banks reportedly have been affected. its no the clear if the attacks originated in north korea or somewhere else. >>> former south carolina governor mark sanford reviving his political career after a dramatic fall from grace. he finished first in a special election for a seat in the house last night. he now advances to a runoff election in two weeks. if he wins that contest, he'll square off in may against democrat elizabeth colbert-bush. >> new video into cnn this morning. it took rescuers in new york city four hours to free a man who became trapped 75 feet
areas across the country. behind the scenes the conversations with simon perez and benjamin netanyahu the president and prime minister of this country of course will focus on the peace process and perhaps most significantly on the situation with iran. thomas? >> peter, thank you. here with us the former u.s. ambassador to morocco and also former white house middle east adviser and current president of arab tv. >> shalom, thomas. >> mark, good to have you here and especially as we talk about the president's trip. "the washington post" has outlined what this trip means from president obama to israel and it is a pretty daunting list. it is to reaffirm the u.s. commitment to israel, security talks about iran's nuclear weapons program, also israel's red line. discuss the movement of arms into the syrian rebel territory on the lebanon border. are the president and benjamin netanyahu likely to find common ground? as peter points out in such a short period of time? this is just a quick trip. >> there is no doubt, thomas, that they've had a very difficult personal relationship with each other.
benjamin netanyahu it will happen in jerusalem. the president is on his first trip to israel as commander in chief. he arrived there this morning, 6:12 eastern time, just after noon in tel aviv. i want to turn things over to wolf blitzer in washington to get us to that news conference. it should begin at any moment, wolf. >> it is a very important news conference, don. they'll be taking questions from reporters, but opening up with formal statements. let's go to jerusalem right now. jessica yellin is standing by. john king is standing by. john, first to you, give us a little sense of what has happened so far in the hours since the president arrived. >> wolf in the hours since he's arrived we have seen the optics that both governments want. that's a friendly, happy, upbeat reception. people talking washington, people talk here in jerusalem, across israel, about the frosty personal relationship between president obama, and president netanyahu. you would have no hint of that from watching the last few hours unfurl. air force one landed in tel aviv. a big celebration, even a joke from the pri
. as soon as he stepped off air force one, he was greeted not just by peres but also benjamin netanyahu. don't exactly have a warm relationship, but here he is, the live picture with peres. and you see all the school children waiting american and israeli flags and we are told in a little while, oh, there he is shaking hands, greeting them from pretty excited kids. the kids will be singing a very familiar song tomorrow in english, arabic and hebrew. we expect to hear the president also, as well. he spoke earlier today about the special relationship between the united states and israel. and as they do a photo-op, here's what the president said a little while ago. >> i see this visit as an opportunity. to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations to reinstate america's unwavering commitment to israel's security and to speak directly to the people of israel and to your neighbors. >> in an unstable and uncertain middle east, the need for our alliance is greater than ever. it's the key to thwarting dangers to advancing peace. it's the key to achieve a stable and secure peace that the presi
and benjamin netanyahu. just in the past 24 hours, in fact, here's what the israeli embassy in d.c. released online. >> we welcome president obama to israel. to express our appreciation for what he has done for us. >> the bond between the united states and israel are unbreakable. and the commitment of the united states to the security of israel is iron clad. ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ travel down the road and back again ♪ ♪ your heart is true ♪ thank you for being a friend ♪ >> so p.j., embassy of israel, you saw it there. some say it has a bit of a jib jab take to it. you can certainly get a tone of what the embassy of israel is trying to get across. what is a tone you expect that these two leaders want to get across to the world during this trip? >> well, i think there has been too much focus on the admitted tension in the relationship between the prime minister and the president. i think one of his objectives is be only to establish a mode us which operandi. they'll be serving two to four years. it is about reaslurring the israeli people that there is this significant bo
president and joint tpheus conference with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. a stalled peace process with the palestinians, there's a lot to talk about. peter alexander live in tel aviv. peter, what are we expecting today? >> reporter: well, he's got a busy trip, though it's not a very long one. we're in the city of jerusalem. bill, you can see on this gorgeous day, the old city of jerusalem, holy city. a senior administration official giving advice on the issue said this provides the opportunity for a reset between the relationship that the u.s. has with israel. in many ways this trip will be more about symbolism, though, than it is about substance. here they are billing as the unbreakable alliance. a little bit later today the president will meet with prime minister netanyahu. the will focus on the iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons. they set low expectations in terms of any new progress in terms of the peace process between the israelis and palestinians. consider this a charm offensive of its own. listen to some of the statistics. a poll in israel recently showed, brian, 40% of isr
the trip, president obama and prime minister benjamin netanyahu worked to e project a unified front on issues like syria, like the israeli/palestinian peace agreement as well. mr. obama's first journey to israel as president, first foreign trip in his second term started with a warm greeting wednesday. meanwhile, in ramallah thursday, the president criticized israeli settlement activity on the west bank and then a news conference with palestinian president, mahmoud abbas, president obama urged the palestinians to renew the peace talks n a televised address the president did his best to appeal to youngsomes to change the ways of the past and work toward creating an independent and viable palestine. i want to bring in nbc's martin fletcher in tel aviv from ramallah on the west bank. diane know bhutto, negotiator for the palestinian lib rainian organization. mark reg give, chief spokesman for prime minister benjamin netanyahu and in washington, ambassador dennis ross, former middle east envoy for president obama. good to see all of you. thanks so much for being here with us. mark, i wa
society. >> today the president will meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at about noon eastern. his trip will also include the west bank, and jordan. >>> the marines have now widened the ban on ammunition related to monday's deadly training explosion in nevada. it happened at hawthorne army depot. seven marines were killed. and several others were injured. officials say the cause of the blast was a 60 millimeter round that detonated inside a mortar tube. in a statement, the marines said, quote, a blanket suspension of the 60 millimeter mortars and associated tubes is now in effect until this review is complete. >>> in a bizarre and highly offensive scene in an ohio courtroom as a judge handed 18-year-old t.j. lane three life sentences for last year's shooting at chardon high school. three students were killed and three others were wounded. first, lane unbuttoned his shirt, revealing a t-shirt with the word "killer" written on it. when given the chance to address the court, lane made an obscene gesture at the victims' families and spoke to them briefly using explicit lan
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symbolic two-day trip to the region. after being greeted by israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and shimon perez at the airport, he held a private meeting with the recently re-elected netanyahu. the two then held a joint press conference where the three major topics werecy conflict in syria iran's pursuit of nuclear weapon and restarting the floundering israeli-palestinian peace process. today both obama and netanyahu expressed agreement with the about the need of new efforts on the two-state solution. >> so let me be clear. israel remains fully committed to peace and to the solution of two states for two people. >> an central element of lasting peace must be a strong and secure jewish state where israel's security concerns are met, along side a sovereign and independent palestinian state. >> john: which a now has been america's stated view for almost 20 years. joining us now to discuss day one of beam's israeli trip is comedian writer maysoon zayid and chief in the forward jane eisner. thankthank you fordowning us tonight. i was inspired by this. any time we get to talk about p
, the president's meeting with israel prime minister benjamin netanyahu focused on another threat to israel in the region. it runs nuclear ambitions. >> we agree that a nuclear armed iran would be a threat to the region, a threat to the world, and potentially an threat to israel. all options are on the table. we will do what is necessary to prevent iran from getting the world's worst weapons. >> richard, help somebody out at home who is watching this. the president of the united states goes into hamas and allies decide to fire missiles into israel which they do all the time. can you explain why they would act and continue to act in a way that is against their best interests? >> for groups like hamas, you know, their title represents what they are. they are the islamic resistant movement. this for he them is station identification. this is the way that they essentially say we have a better path for dealing with the israelis. >> no peace? no peace? >> well, peace -- not a negotiated peace. certainly not a peace on the terms of being discussed by israel or the united states. >> not a peace tha
benjamin netanyahu. along with hundreds of guests and vips. before he left the airport, president obama was shown an area displaying israeli air defenses including the so-called iron dome. then the motorcade saided to jerusalem where the pred will have a little down time before meetings today. our own chuck todd is in jerusalem. he joins me now. chuck, looks like to be a rather pleasant day at least weather-wise. what is going on in the holy land? >> well, mr. russert, it is unbelievable weather here greeting the president. pretty much a perfect spring day, if you will here in the holy land. what was interesting is the first thing the president said as he got off and there were microphones everywhere, i don't think he knew he was on, he said it's good to be away from congress. also that chitchat as making his way through shaking hands with various dignitaries, he and netanyahu were heard joking about difficulties in the budget process that both leaders are having in each of their countries. but, look, this event, you set it up well. this trip is heavy on symbolism, going to be somewhat
minister benjamin netanyahu. cnn's john king is in jerusalem this morning. john, this is president obama's first trip to israel. how delicate, how pivotal is this visit? >> reporter: well, carol, it is fascinating. i've been here in the past with president clinton, with president george w. bush, now president obama. in the past the israeli-palestinian conflict is always at the top of the agenda but given the event in this complicated neighborhood that is now more complicated and confused than ever, the israeli-palestinian conflict is down on the list. the president wants to share information and get information from his israeli counterparts about what's going on in syria. did the government in syria use chemical weapons against its own people. that's a big question. obviously the nuclear showdown with iran. the presidentister wants assurance if that diplomacy doesn't bear fruit that the president of the united states is prepared to put the military option on the table. and, yes, the president did say he wants to have peace in the holy land and he will make that a priority. no accident th
as president and sits down with benjamin netanyahu. from the beginning the united states has had extremely good cooperation on the intelligence front from the israeli government. obviously, they are in the neighborhood, syria's neighbor to the south. they have a much better picture here, not only of the state of play with the assad regime and its stability. the sources say a few more months at best for assad, but also the movement of chemical weapons. that exchange of information is critical from the united states' standpoint. while israel was out ahead of the obama administration in saying assad must go, you have to understand it's a little jittery in israel at this moment because they look to the south and what happened in egypt, the rise of the muslim brotherhood, given all the uncertainty of who and what would succeed assad if he were to fall, wolf. important the president and prime minister stay on the same page on this one. >> what do they expect to emerge from president obama's visit to israel this week? >> it's interesting. if you talk to key officials here in israel, talk to members of
with israel's prime minister benjamin netanyahu. his stock may be rising in israel right now even as it falls with some of the palestinians. cnn's john king is in jerusalem. >> reporter: call to prayer in the palestinian village of masra. muslim worshipers under the watchful gaze of israeli forces because masra is side by side with a jewish settlement in the west bank. skirmishes like this are routine but on this day a new twist. anti-obama chants in both arabic and english prove the thrill is gone in arab communities that four years ago saw hope in the new american president. >> obama not welcome in palestinians. >> this coffee shop is full of young palestinian professionals. >> there are settlements, poor people, there is nothing. and all of us are sure that obama disappointed us. >> reporter: do you hear the united states as an honest broker? >> definitely not. i think they want to be. i think it's as if they're easily, i think, israel can easily brain wash people into believing they're on the right. >> reporter: the turn-around on the arab street is striking and shows a big shift from two
that will take place over dinner with the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu of israel. just another signal of just how important this issue is to the administration as they're showing once again their commitment to try to revive these peace talks. alex? >> all right, peter, thank you so much. >>> here at home the senate passed its first budget in four years, this during an all-night session. the nonbinding blueprint passed by a near party line vote. before its passage the senate spent several hours taking up dozens of amendments. >> average voteorama, 35 amendments. we've done 70, twice as many. doing this has been a herculean feat. >> i know everyone is exhausted and you may not feel it at the moment, but this is one of the senate's finest days in recent years and i commend everyone who has participated in this extraordinary debate. >> some of the amendments had nothing to do with the budget or fiscal policy, but party operatives on both sides are keeping score of last night's votes for potential campaign fodder in 2014. joining me now political reporter for "u.s. news & world report" lau
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